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Einbecker Ur-Bock Dunkel | Einbecker Brauhaus AG

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Einbecker Ur-Bock DunkelEinbecker Ur-Bock Dunkel

Brewed by:
Einbecker Brauhaus AG

Style: Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Bierman9 on 06-15-2002

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Photo of mikeg67
4.72/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle. Pours amber with a lasting white head. Nice aroma of piny hops and caramel malt. Full, slightly crisp body, light carbonation. Large amount of floral hops on the palate perfectly balanced by caramel malt, some hints of citrus fruit as well. Long balanced finish becomes dry in the end. UR BOCK indeed.

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Photo of gueuzeonhigh
3.56/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a clear dark amber color.
Produces a short lived head that settles down to a thin coating obscuring the surface of the beer.
Nose is slight-- wisps of malt. The nose is not inspiring.
Flavor makes up for the ho-hum showing although I'd call this a "light" flavored Ur-Bock. It's unmistakeably a bock style beer. There's an equal balance between the malt and the hops and the mix produces other flavor notes- perhaps caramel, coriander and other spices, maybe I'm reaching...
Has a nice finish that surfs to a long ending. Remember that the flavor is not particularly robust.
Mouthfeel is quite cordial- it almost coats the palate and with enough taste sensation to keep the intrigue alive beckoning for another sip.
Drinkability is good- the ABV isn't so high that after a pint one is not welded to his chair.

I forgot what I paid per bottle-- anyway it's a beer that would be in the "every-day" catagory. A nice change of style to reach for..

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Photo of Sachsenfreude
3.96/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance; really what one expects of a Bock, tawny red with a light tan head. The head doesn't last long before dissipating to a foam rim on the edges and some film floating around the center. Almost no lacing and sparce bubbles from the carbonation. I reccomend a rough pour.

smell; not much to speak of, sweet malts are there but very light. Some wet pumpernickel bread and yeast as well.

taste; there's really a lot going on here. Mostly a typical sweet malt is there and dominates the drink. The alcohol is obvious but not overwhelming. The malt sweetness blends into a creamy bitter finish. A distinct plum and raisin flavor hangs on to the alcohol spice. The best way to bring this complexity out is to slurp the beer from the glass. A flavor of plums will show up in the aftertaste and hang around for about ten seconds and increase the complexities of any sips that you take in, in that time frame. It's important to note this as it is very distinct to this particular brand. Try it, maybe one will think it taste like some other fruit but the complexity will be noticed.

mouthfeel; rather sharp for it's overall flatness. The alcohol will attack the tongue before mellowing out to a creamy finish, leaving a numb feeling for a bit.

drinkability; Pretty easy to drink at the right temperature(very important as the alcohol can get annoying if it's too warm). The alcohol may sneak up on one but so long as no driving is involved, I see no reason not to drink in quantity, this is one of the few I buy by the case and offer to my friends to get to know the style.

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Photo of RuudJH
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer is a clear red-brown colour, with a nice creamy head, big amount of carbonation.
Smell and taste are of slightly roasted caramel malts, and some good grassy hops.
The beer's aftertaste is not at all that sweet.
Very drinkable. it's refreshing and clean bittersweet like a good dark beer should be.

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Photo of megahurts4
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Einbecker Ur-bock Dunkel

Appearance: Reddish amber with good lacing.

Smell: Caramel and malts with a hint of skunkiness.

Taste: Caramel, sweet malts, and slight hop.

Mouthfeel: Medium-heavy and smooth.

This is a good beer. It is slightly thicker (maltier) than most beer, but it is not overbearing.

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Photo of speter
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep translucent tan with a two-finger creamy white head that persisted through most of the drinking of the beer. Moderate lacing.

S: A slight green bottle funk on initial pour, but that (mercifully) quickly fades. The main scent is bready toasty malt and hints of noble hops.

T: Very malt forward. The front and center are sweet, but not cloying. Just past the center, the hops kick in to offset the malt. The finish is somewhat dry, like unbuttered toast, and there is a persistent coating on the roof of your mouth with resins, which oddly adds to the balance.

M: Very creamy. Not much in the way of alcohol warmth.

D: Green glass issues aside, this is a smooth, easy drinking toasty (and tasty) bock.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark orange/amber with a beige head that reduces to a ring. No lace.

Some caramel and burnt sugar aromas, sweet malt, alcoholic whiff.

Burnt sugar, rich toasted malt, and booze dominate. Any sugar from the start turns a toasty dry instantly. Long simple pure bitter finish. You taste more booze than there actually is. Alcoholic on the breath.

Medium-full bodied, prickly carbonation.

Not a chugger. Bitterness makes this a true sipper, and the in your face alcohol makes this a one and done for the night. Very good for the style. Well made beer.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a dark amber with a mild white head, average retention, no lace.

S: Dark caramel malt, toffee, but rather mild.

T: As with the nose, the dark caramel almost crystal malt flavour is dominant, with nowhere near the hoppy bite of the maibock making for a less balanced, sweeter brew. The residual sugar is quite prominent.

M: Medium to full-bodied, creamy, firm structure on the palate, no real ethanol heat, it bests the maibock here.

D: Having the maibock and this back to back, for me the maibock is the the superior brew, it's more balanced the hops come out more, but I can see the malt-head liking this more, it's pushing on that dopplebock door. A beer that really needs some food to go with it.

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Photo of Nerudamann
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look - Almost clear caramel in color..not quite amber or brown. About a fingers worth of foam that dissipated quickly. Good carbonation.

Smell - Moderately malty aroma with a little sweetness to it.

Taste - Very malty in taste, lightly hopped, as can be told from the slight bitterness. Still a slight sweet taste in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Good balance, but slightly more toward the creamy side in texture. Filling.

Drinkability - Good beer in general. Somewhat of a good example of a bock in general. Perhaps a little too filling to come back to too often in one night, but certainly complex enough to be entertaining once a night.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ach, das ist vas gutes. I never could read or write German very well (I speak it fluently, though, and I drink it happily). This is one to make you happy about the Germans.

A quality brew throughout, this one tastes as it should and has just the right balance of Germanness. Definitely one worth trying and drinking again!

The aftertaste is especially good.

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Photo of augustgarage
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The progenitor of all bock styles I believe - a beer that is in most cases, probably older than the family line of the person drinking it!

Poured from a 330mL green-glass bottle into my Ayinger Celebrator doppelbock glass.

Copper-tinged deep carrot orange, brilliantly clear with a finger of lasting off-white foam. Soapy slow moving lacing and superior retention.

Rich German and pale malt with a deep faintly sour/grainy lager note in the nose.

Malty quite bready palate entry with a light almost fruity hop bitterness that just barely offsets the toasty, lightly carmelized sweetness of the beer. Complex maltiness, and yet fairly straight-forward. Maybe lacking some melanoidin richness, but this is still praise-worthy, especially when rated to style...

Medium-light bodied, well carbonated, and full flavored.

A historic lager - and while the descendents of traditional bock are superior in many ways, this is still well worth sampling - an excellent unobtrusive beer, perfect with a variety of German foods.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle served in a glass beer mug.

L - clear amber color with a off-white head that left a good amount of lacing.
S - malty sweetness with some earthy hops in the background.
T - malty flavors upfront are hit with a shot of bitterness before finishing malty sweet.
F - medium bodied with a crisp feel.
D - easy to drink.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.45/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear brown body with minimal head that dies quickly. A sharp piney hop smell with a good bready/nutty malt smell as well. A lighter bock, almost medium-bodied, with a dry, roasted malt taste with some biscuitiness as well as some sharp hops for minor balance. Semi-sweet caramel and sugar malts come out on backend for a sticky sensation and a somewhat sweet finish. A decent bock but I prefer them stronger.

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Photo of superdedooperboy
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330-ml green signature-style Einbecker bottle into a pilsner glass.

Pours a perfectly clear deep copper hue with a full two-fingered beige head that falls away gracefully. Some nice stick is left behind as the glass drains away.

Aroma is quite malty, though not overly sweet. Caramel notes are certainly evident; hop presence is virtually nonexistent, though there is an odd metallic-like twang that is difficult to pin down but which detracts a bit from the nose.

Body is quite light for a Bockbier, resting on the lighter side of medium. Carbonation is quite restrained. Malt once again takes center stage on the palate, sweet, caramel-like and honeyish up front and around the edges, with a mildly bitter middle that shows no hop flavor; the finish is a little warm from the alcohol, with a bit of lingering toasty-caramel sweetness and some dryness in the finish.

Nothing too complex here, but a solid offering stylistically nonetheless. Perhaps a little commercialized for the modern German beer-drinker's palate, it doesn't display the complexity that some more traditional examples do, despite its bearing the namesake of Bock itself.

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Photo of Offa
4.77/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a wonderful, characterful bock.

Copper, it has a huge tan head steadily shrinking to a thin, foamy top and leaving a little weak lace.

Aroma is rich fruit (raisins and ripe apples, and hint of other fruit like pineapple), rich whole wheat bread crust and other bread, hints of mineral and rose.

Taste is excellent, very fruity with sweetness, firm toastiness, great interplay of all the traits and with good complexity. It has spicey-peppery and raisiny bitterness, finish has burnt raisins and spicey bite. It is wonderful, balanced, complex, and not overly sweet. Feel is a bit frothy, very firm.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
3.92/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a clear golden-amber with two fingers of creamy beige head.

Aroma of sweet caramel malts, bread, graham cracker, and honey.

The taste is smooth and malty and not overly sweet as I expected. Hints of cinnamon, strawberry, and graham cracker peek through. Finishes clean.

Light-to-medium bodied, smooth, and lightly carbonated.

A solid bock from Einbecker.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, vanilla, lager yeast and a little bit of hops.

T: The taste starts out creamy a little malty with sweet flavors of caramel and vanilla that are quickly followed by a bready lager yeast flavor and a hops presence that is a little bit stronger than most beers in the style. All of which create a pretty good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, very good representation of style, this is a solid beer with flavor and substance to drink for a while.

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Photo of yemenmocha
3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours light brown with thin white head. Nose is very light and weak, with a little brown bread toastyness. Palate is malty sweet, but somewhat thin bodied and thin in flavors, and the alcohol makes an appearance even when cold. Drinkability is still there since this is a very light, thirst quenching Bock.

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Photo of TheSarge
3.47/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours perfectly to produce two finger thick tan head, and has a copper colored body.

Aroma is of sweet bread and metallic hops character.

The taste is slightly sweet up front, but turns herbal very quickly.

MF is full and slightly syrupy. Alcohol warmness is in the finish.

Altogether a good beer, just a little to herbal in the flavor for my taste.

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Photo of sliverX
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured an orange copper with a big white head that faded to a thick film lots of bubbles streaming towards freedom
smell huge malty sweet caramel malts kind of reminds me of a caramel apple
taste is very sweet malt following the nose, pick up some nice hop bitterness
mouthfeel is medium bodied somewhat drying to the mouth
drinkability takes a slight knock just for the fact its so sweet almost annoyingly so

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Photo of kkipple
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to my buddy Hicks for recommending this one. A lot of the German styles fly under my radar but I'm always glad to try something I haven't.

A. Deep, clear orange-amber. Fat white head falls to 2cm and sticks there. Active carbonation makes this lively and nice to look at.

S. Variations on malt sweetness. You got caramel, toasted black bread, a little butter, toffee, a hint of grain. Evident alcohol is a little odd, since this is only 6.5%... really reminds me of rum raisins and my grandmother's fruitcake...

T. Rather malt complex and unsurprising given the nose: a rich, yet not heavy sweetness that is cut with a little hop bitterness, some unwelcome astringency, and I'm sorry to say, a bit of skunk. Drat those green bottles... no telling how long this one sat out on the store shelves. It doesn't ruin the beer, but it ain't helping, that's for sure.

M. Crisp, dry sweet-bitter finish, a little astringent.

D. Not bad, but this has to be better at the source. Will try again in hopes of a fresher bottle.

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Photo of theghost3
3.69/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy copper color; almost like iced tea. The head is very thin, white, and disappears quickly. Some carbonation bubbles can be seen at first.

The smell is mostly bread, caramel & roasted malts. The taste is kind of like honey on a bland wheat bread. The malts are toasty and there's a slight hop bitterness that's on the herbal side. Slight spiciness. Mouthfeel is carbonated, medium body.

This is a fairly drinkable bock, but the appearance is a little off.

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Photo of bfields4
3.4/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark amber body. Very frothy head full of carbonation

Sweet caramel malty smell

Flavors not to complex dark fruits sweet and a little caramel.

A nice beer, but nothing special. Very light, but a little too skunky to be too drinkable maybe just because its an import.

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Photo of roadhouse
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz. bottle into a pils glass

Pours up a deep orange, kind of copper color with a one inch off-white head that falls to a skim and leaves some lace behind.

Aroma is yet again, the same as their other beers. Mild malty sweetness with a tobacco thing and a mild hop presence.

Taste is sweet and caramelly up front with a bit of toasty malt flavor in the middle. Some hops come in that are spicy and slightly herbal. Finishes with some residual toasty malt and lingering hop flavors.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, pretty creamy and smooth. Drinkable, but it's not that great tasting so not that much.

Again I am unimpressed with this brewery. All their beers smell the same and the taste only differs slightly. They're not bad really, but there are certainly some better examples of the styles available. Especially considering the expensive price.

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Photo of Orangevango
4.04/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A dark amber, about the color of grade "A" maple syrup. A creamy white quarter inch head forms but quickly degrades into a spattering of larger bubbles that tend to stick to the side of the glass.

S: the first aroma I notice is honey and hearty whole-wheat bread. Smells crisp but warming. A bit sour, but not at all in the forefront, pleasent aroma. No hop presence that I can detect.

T: A bit of hop bitterness, and a bit of hot alcohol (suprising for a bock?) A few different malt aromas are detectable. Honey, and bread, though less than the nose leads me to expect.

M: More carbonated than I expected. Tingles a bit on the tongue. Numbs the very tip of my tongue just a bit, thought not from being cold.

D: A very balanced and drinkable beer, Having never had a Bock before, I am not sure how true to style it is, but It would pair great with a peice of rustic bread smeared with warm honey, or perhaps something spicy. A pint would be the proper serving size, it does not wear me out. The hot alcohol is surprising, but would be welcome on a cold night, even on a warm spring afternoon it wasn't unpleasent.

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Einbecker Ur-Bock Dunkel from Einbecker Brauhaus AG
Beer rating: 3.71 out of 5 with 295 ratings
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